Carlee Nelson qualifies for USA National Gymnastics Meet
In her father’s sixth grade classroom, a young Carlee Nelson proclaimed her two goals in gymnastics.
First was to qualify for the National meet at level 10 and second was to earn a Division I college scholarship in gymnastics.
Now a Fort Frye junior, Nelson can check both of these boxes as she won the regional gymnastics meet on April 10 in Lewisburg, Pa., to qualify for nationals and recently accepted a full scholarship to compete for West Virginia University on the Mountaineers’ gymnastics team.
The bashful, but hard working Nelson began her gymnastics career at age 4 and has been part of the Gymniks gymnastics team in Vienna, W.Va., ever since. She quickly credits her success to her longtime coaches Nikki Thompson, Elizabeth Nutter, Angela Way, and Connie Barnes. Nelson also credits her special teammates over the years as they practice four hours a day together. There is no substitute for practice and hard work and Nelson has certainly paid her dues.
Nelson’s tenacity and strong work ethic have enabled her to rise through the levels of competition over the years to reach level 10, the highest level of gymnastics.
“Carlee is an extraordinary athlete not only physically, but also mentally. She is a talented gymnast and has pushed herself to amazing limits,” said her coach Nikki Thompson. “She has a special strength that comes from within.”
This spring Nelson won the West Virginia state championship on the floor exercise, vault, balance beam, and uneven bars to secure the title as the All Around State Champion.
At the regional meet in Pennsylvania, Nelson won the balance beam title and also hit the podium in the floor exercise, vault, and the All Around performances.
The next stop is in Daytona Beach for the National meet which will be held May 13-16 at the Ocean Center complex. Nelson checked another box a few weeks ago as she was inducted into the National Honor Society. Her favorite quote is, “Never be satisfied-always make a new goal to reach.”
Nelson resides in Marietta at the Duckworth family farm with her parents Rob and Stefanie, brother Luke, grandmother Shirley and both of her uncles and families.